Women, Technology, and Freethinking

I just finished reading a fascinating article about how sexism has been an issue within the athiest movement. It’s a controversial subject, not only because it speaks against world religion, but also because it talks about issues women have had with technology use and how quickly and devastatingly it leads to harassment and threats towards other human beings on the grouds of gender and/or sexual orientation.

 

I am am not personally an athiest, but I wanted to share this article on the basis of computer ethics. It describes how hotstile the online world is towards people who are passionate about their beliefs, and how that can fuel the fire and bleed outside of the virtual world into our physical lives. Basically, it talks about one of the most mainstream forms of bullying. You know, the adult kind of bullying, where police can get involved and entire movements can be formed or brought down and either help or hinder entire people groups. It also describes some of the ugly of wester culture, which is also controversial. To to be a culture of innovation, sometimes we have to let go of the old ideas and build towards something newer and better.

This article is littered with graphic descriptions of “alleged” events, lots of swearing, and hints of the use of technology as a means of harassment as well as a means for change. Click here to read the article “Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?:
The continuing debate over a murky sexual encounter at a 2008 convention for cheekily anti-establishment skeptics underscores a broader dilemma: How can a progressive, important intellectual community behave so poorly towards its female peers?”


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In case you need to kill about 45 min.


Batteries

As a person who utilizes a battery for a life saving medical device, I am a big  supporter of improving the technology of the battery. Recently I came across an article about all-liquid batteries, and became pretty interested in the cost-effective science behind them. Others have been researching how to better improve battery life and cost. Below is a video explaining the science behind creating batteries from liquid energy.


Smartphone Microscopes, Just in Case You’re Still Afraid of Anthrax in Your Mail.

In an attempt to make science more accessible it is now possible to 3D Print a microscope for your smartphone…and if I could afford a smartphone I would totally get a microscope for it. Just saying.

This isn’t a new idea, but it has certainly come a long way from it’s origins…and become much cheaper in the dawn of technological advances. But, don’t take my word for it. Feel free to see it for yourself.


Three Types of Hacking

Indeed.

Indeed.

We are all familiar with the concept of hacking. Unless you have been stuck under a rock for an overwhelming amount of time or are a Luddite, hacking has become just as much of a reality to you as pop culture itself. We are all well aware of the kind of hacking we see portrayed in pop culture. The nerd in shady clothing, breaking into banks, stealing money and information. Trying to manipulate the system and work for some kind of self gain. They are obvious and terrifying. Haunting our very dreams and stealing our private e-mails.

Yes, they are very real. These kinds of Hackers that work for self gain are called Black Hat Hackers. But they are not the only kind of Hackers in the world. There are also White Hat Hacker as well, people who hack into systems to find security flaws. They try to keep you safe. Protect you from the Black Hat Hackers in a game of Spy VS Spy.

Then, there are Grey Hat Hackers. They don’t quite know who they work for. They’re in the middle using their talents for both sides. They back into systems of organizations without authorization, and then inform those organizations what’s up.

To summarize in nerd terms:

Black Hat Hackers = Chaotic Evil

White Hat Hackers = Lawful Good

Grey Hat Hackers = Chaotic Good

There is actually a great deal of use for White Hat Hackers by many Fortune 500 companies. Needed increases in security provide a great deal of job security, and offers a flexible opportunity for those interested in the field. Training can be taken for such companies to become certified, and you can even take the course at home online. To learn more follow this link to become CEH v8 Certified as a White Hat Hacker.


Saving Net Neutrality…Hello Again Readers

 

So I haven’t been posting for a while now, mainly because I am way too busy being a corporate sellout adult with a real world job that sucks my soul away.

So let’s carry on like nothing ever happened and pretend we aren’t upset about the whole ordeal. Let’s talk about Net Neutrality a little bit. It sounds intellectual and stuff and whatever.

So I haven’t been paying attention to online issues lately, mainly because I struggle with the issue of skewed journalism, and am not entirely sure what is correct an incorrect information. All I know is one day as I scrolled through my newly opened Google+ account I ran into this little jewel.image

What has happened to my wonderful, free speech and equal opportunity internet?

Slowly (because of working a “part-time” job of 40 hrs a week mostly late into the night), I began to try to figure out what all this crap was about. Granted, most of the action happened in January of 2014, while I was still busy working post-holiday damage control in retail. But, I was just hearing about this now? Why? Was the internet turning against me already, trying to keep me from seeing what matters? Was I just being paranoid? Was I under a rock?

Probably all the above.

It doesn’t surprise me though. People online have been looking to make more and more money off the internet since it’s explosive popularity some 20+ years ago. It is not even a little surprising that it was under attack again, trying to limit the freedoms of its users and offer unequal opportunity to those with the deepest pockets. But what did that mean for me? What does that mean for the fate of the internet?

So what did I do upon coming out of my internet cave with the sun glaring in my eyes? I turned to savetheinternet.com.

For those of you just as confused about what all this Net Neutrality stuff is about, I found this site to be extremely helpful. One, because it really gets down to what this could mean negatively for the typical user. Secondly, it helps streamline the basics and keeps us up-to-date on what court rulings mean. For starters, I wanted to know what Net Neutrality actually described:

“Net Neutrality means an Internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that Internet service providers should provide us with open networks — and should not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company cannot decide who you could call and what you say on that call, your ISP should not be concerned with what content you view or post online.”

So for avid (and lazy corporate sellout) bloggers like us (me), this can be a threatening issue. A threat to Net Neutrality could mean that Companies (specifically Internet Service Providers) can buy better internet accessibility and have sole control over that online traffic. They can choose who sees what. They can see what you see and keep track of it without any protection on your part. It threatens small online markets for building networks and clientele. It even can prevent minority communities from freely expressing cultural issues and building networks online.

Really it is a threat to freedom.

The truth is, we don’t know for sure what it could actually look like. The programs wouldn’t be made overnight, but that didn’t mean any change would happen gradually. It would take time to develop the servers and prep them for the segregation. That is what it would be after all. Online segregation. Just like the rest of American History, inequality was going to find another platform to present itself and rear it’s ugly head threateningly. Except, it would become a socioeconomic segregation. The well-off would win out against the not-so-well-off. A struggle that has been an issue in the United States for ages as well.

For more information on this issue and a better in-depth idea of how it might affect you, please visit savetheinternet.com and also feel free to sign the online petition provided by Etsy.com for protecting Net Neutrality and small online markets.


The Problem With a Personalized Internet

The internet is trying to make our browser more personalized than ever before using complex algorithms. Too bad that’s gunna bite us right in the motherboard later when we try to find something we don’t usually look for.


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